To Defy a King : William Marshal

  • by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by Patience Tomlinson
  • Series: William Marshal
  • 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The privileged daughter of one of the most powerful men in England, Mahelt Marshal’s life changes dramatically when her father is suspected of treachery by King John. Her brothers become hostages, and Mahelt is married to Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk.
Adapting to her new life is hard, but Mahelt comes to love Hugh deeply; however, defying her father-in-law brings disgrace and heartbreak. When King John sets out to subdue the Bigods, Mahelt faces a heart-breaking battle, fearing neither she, nor her marriage, is likely to survive the outcome….

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Customer Reviews

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Excellent +

This is by far the best of the William Marshal series. The way Elizabeth Chadwick tells the story of Mahelt Marshal enables her to become real, to simply step off the pages and begin telling you her life, her loves and her challenges. I rarely give a book 5 stars, but this one got it unhesitatingly. At the conclusion of the story I simply smiled and thought, what a wonderful book. Yes, Ms. Chadwick has become one of my favorite authors.
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- Compute

Fabulous story, annoying narration

Would you consider the audio edition of To Defy a King to be better than the print version?

No, because the narration, I felt, detracted from the story.


How could the performance have been better?

It was the irritating voices the narrator felt she had to put to the characters...Mahelt was all high and little girly and Hugh and the other men, a gruff "woman pretending to be a man" voice. Very distracting!


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The powerful relationship between Hugh and Mahelt really carried the story.


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- Panthea14

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2011
  • Publisher: Soundings